Why are all the storefronts in one North Country community full of thriving businesses while others have multiple vacant properties? Where are the arts or local foods making a difference in attracting new residents and visitors? With so many infrastructure needs, what should town or village leaders focus on to make the biggest difference to the health of their communities?
We all know the economic challenges facing the North Country. Some communities are demonstrating success tackling them. How can we learn from their efforts? For its 2016 Annual Meeting, ANCA is doing what it does best - bringing community leaders together - to address this very issue.
Come to Keeseville and join the conversation.
Date: Friday, September 23, 2016
Guided walking tour of Keeseville:11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Registration: 12:30 p.m.
Program: 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Location: the Stone Mill, Keeseville
Cost: Free for ANCA members; $20 for non-members
Not sure if your membership is active? Give us a call at (518) 891-6200.
There will be no key note speaker, no PowerPoints and no limits to the collaborative impact that we can have on North Country communities.
Your voice will contribute to the creation of a toolkit that identifies how communities can and are making it happen right here in the Adirondack North Country.
Discussion groups on all topics will be driven by the attendees, including community members, leaders, and experts in community revitalization. Discussions will revolve around challenges faced by North Country residents as they revitalize their communities as well as knowledge from those who are making headway in solving those challenges.
What makes these communities tick?
Come join the discussion, share your town's successes, and help create a tool box that will help all North Country communities.
What's all the buzz in Wilmington? There are mountain bikers everywhere, a new bridge, new gas station, a popular public beach, and the lodging is looking really good. Find out from Randy Preston, Wilmington town supervisor, what his town is doing to attract new infrastructure development. (79% of survey participants consider infrastructure as an important characteristic of successful communities).
Something big is going on in Glens Falls. New sidewalks, gleaming buildings, new businesses, bustling art centers and breweries. Come find out from Ed Bartholomew, President and CEO, EDC Warren County, how strong leadership and lots of collaboration are transforming the city. (72% of you think strong leadership is key for community success).
Why are so many young people moving to Saranac Lake? Kids everywhere, new local food restaurants, downtown festivals, a village that vibrates with musical, visual, literary, and performing arts. Tim Fortune, artist and owner of Small Fortune Studio and Chair of the Downtown Advisory Board, will let you in on the behind-the-scenes strategies that are turning Saranac Lake around. (52% of respondents place cultural opportunities in their top-ten list for communities).
What a change Clayton has seen in the last five years. Five years ago, there were empty store fronts and an abandoned 8-acre industrial site right on the St Lawrence Seaway. Today, every store is occupied. And that industrial site? Completely transformed. Kristi Dippel, Executive Director of Clayton Local Development Corporation, will share what Clayton has done to become a year-round mecca. (74% of survey takers feel attractive main streets are essential).
Why would a young, hip design agency set up shop in Plattsburgh? Find out what Plattsburgh has over Brooklyn from Aaron Benner, co-founder of Boire Benner Group, a group making its own investments in the community. (72% of you place economic opportunity at the top of your list for successful communities).
Why are some rural communities embracing refugees as an economic tool for revitalization? Mayor Chris Louras will discuss how Rutland, Vermont and other rural U.S. communities are addressing declining populations and aging workforces, while filling skill gaps utilizing refugee resettlement as a revival strategy. (The wildcard topic of our annual meeting. We invite you to join this conversation).
If you have not done so already, make sure to take the survey. Your feedback will inform the focused, practical agenda for this event. In addition, You could win FREE COFFEE from participating coffee shops in the region.
Register by Tuesday, September 20, 2016 and receive a token for a free beverage to be redeemed at the informal reception following the event at Ausable Brewing Co. in Keeseville.
Are You a Corporate Member of ANCA? You will receive two free admissions to the event. Want to invite guests or advertise your business?
Click here for sponsorship options or call 518.891.6200.